Marilyn Neven

Programme Manager
Youth participation and democracy, democracy in the European Union, European political parties and future of democracy


Marilyn Neven's main role is to reinforce International IDEA’s relations with Belgium and with European institutions. Through her work, she aims to enhance the Institute’s profile and visibility at Belgian and European Union level, as well as among democracy actors in Brussels. She contributes to increasing the EU’s focus on democratic governance, including in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

At programmatic level, Neven focuses on democracy and youth participation, on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 SDGs and on democracy in the EU.

Neven has been a special adviser to the Secretary-General of the Institute in 2015. Her previous work experience includes advisory positions to several Belgian Ministers during the period of 2008-2014, including to the Prime Minister (2010-2011). She also worked at the European Parliament and the European Commission for several years. She is a Council Member in the municipality of Lanaken in Belgium.

Neven has extensive knowledge on political life and networks, and was elected national vice-president of the youth wing of the Flemish Christian-Democrat party in 2009. She has accumulated expertise on European affairs throughout her career and has lectured extensively on European affairs and democracy. She was KU Leuven VRG Alumni in de Kijker in 2016 (weblink:

MA in Law: European Legal Studies (College of Europe, Belgium) and a law degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), the Universidad de Salamanca and the FUNDP Namur. MBA (HUB-EHSAL Management School, Brussels).
Contact Information: 
Brussels, Belgium